Trial for Clayton police chief on DUI charges set for Jan. 29

Brian C. Hill

DOVER — Clayton’s police chief charged with drunken driving last summer spent about 40 minutes inside a Kent County courtroom Wednesday morning with others awaiting a scheduled case review, but departed before standing before a judge.

Dressed in a suit and tie, Brian C. Hill quickly left after his attorney Jim Liguori entered the room and summoned him at around 9:40 a.m. A trial is scheduled for Jan. 29.

Chief Hill, a 47-year-old Dover resident, was charged with misdemeanor first offense driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop near Smyrna on Aug. 12. A failure to remain in a single lane citation was also issued by the Delaware State Police.

The investigation on Sunnyside Road unfolded just after 10 p.m. on a Saturday night, authorities said. Chief Hill was driving a silver 1998 Porsche Boxter at the time and authorities did not indicate whether he was alone in the vehicle.

The citation was initially sent to New Castle County Court of Common Pleas for an initial appearance, but moved to Kent County due to an errant location listed on the ticket by a trooper.

An alleged blood alcohol concentration of 0.016 was first listed in papers by police, then amended to 0.16 by authorities who declined further comment when questioned by the Delaware State News. The minimum threshold for drunken driving in Delaware is 0.08.

Chief Hill has been on paid administrative leave since a unanimous town council vote during a special meeting on Aug. 29 at town hall. Lt. Carl Hutson was named acting chief in his place.

Shortly after the alleged incident, the police chief did not respond to media requests for comment made via e-mail and voicemail .
According to the town, the police chief is paid $80,828.80 annually.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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